(Illustration: Raul Arias)

It was a year of perpetual motion in 2015, with big law firms roping in more lateral partners than any year since 2009. A mass lateral hire by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius helped Am Law 100 moves increase 5.6 percent over the prior year, and several firms made headline-grabbing hires from their rivals and government agencies. The vigorous job-hopping occurred despite growing skepticism by industry experts about the value of lateral hiring and its contribution to firms’ bottom lines.

The Big Law Lateral Hiring Frenzy Continues
Lateral activity at Am Law 200 firms continued to flourish in 2015, our Lateral Survey shows. Are firms and potential hires doing enough due diligence?

Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015
Twenty-five of last year’s most notable and intriguing lateral moves.

The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn’t a Partner
It was instead a four-person project management team. When the U.K.’s Herbert Smith Freehills hired those professional staffers amid lots of fanfare, it was a lesson to all firms about lateral hiring. Are you listening?